Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive money if you make a purchase using the links. When it comes to wedding planning, one of my favorite details to discuss is music! Let’s just say I had a wedding playlist planned out long before I was engaged… but that’s another story. I recently worked with a couple who used Once There Was a Hushpuppy as their recessional and even cued the music to begin playing before they were pronounced so that as the music built up, they kissed right at the climax! It was beautiful and sweet and it really got me thinking about how unique recessional songs can be. Below, I’ve compiled a list of recessional songs the team has reviewed for the couple to be, that is planning their big day and stuck on this decision!
Here are a few of our team’s favorite wedding recessional songs that you can quickly download for your wedding!
Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding Collectionby the Vitamin String Quartet
You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
Wild Horses (2009 Digital Remaster) by The Rolling Stones
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor
Groom’s Entrance: Notion by Kings of Leon
Bridesmaid Entrance: Painting By Chagall by The Weepies
Bridal Entrance: Glory Bound by The Wailin’ Jennys
First Dance: I’ve Got A Rock And Roll Heart by Eric Clapton
Father & Daughter Dance: Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
Mother & Son Dance: Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon
Sarah Chancey’s current favorite is “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips. If you are wanting to go the traditional route, she loves anything performed by a string quartet. For instrumental covers of pretty much any song ever created, check out Vitamin String Quartet.
Marisa Negri gushed that music speaks to her soul! It’s no wonder she chose such an upbeat and joyful song like “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Marisa feels like you can’t help but celebrate when you hear this song and marrying someone is telling them that they are the best and most important person in your life!
Jehnel Oboza is enamored by The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” simply because the lyrics are so beautiful. The Stones might be known for their rock hits, but this song is perfectly tender for a bride and groom’s slow walk back down the aisle.
My current favorite recessional song is “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It has a fun late-60’s feel for a couple looking to surprise (and entertain) their guests. If I were to suggest something more classic or traditional, I would have to say “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor.
If you are on the hunt for the perfect exit song, think about what speaks to you and your fiance. Save “your song” for the first dance, but use a song that easily transitions your ceremony into party time. I suggest keeping it upbeat so your bridal party has an opportunity to dance a little back down the aisle, too. For more simple wedding planning advice, see our Wedding Planning Book, The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding.
What are your favorite recessional songs? We’d love to hear!
Happy wedding planning y’all,
Marilisa, Chancey Charm Wedding Planning
Photographer: Lauren Carnes Photography, Planning & Design: Marilisa Schachinger for Chancey Charm